1. Phil Mitchell As Bond 20 Villain

    By David Winter on 2001-04-15

    A friend made me aware of this report in the British newspaper “The Mirror”.

    Eastender’s hardman Steve McFadden is set to appear as a gangland villain in the next James Bond film.

    The actor who plays Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap, is said to be delighted about the prospect of launching his movie career. His agent has been approached by movie chiefs who were impressed by his talent during the Who Shot Phil? saga.

    Last night a soap insider said “The deal has yet to be finalised but discussions are ongoing and it’s looking very promising.
    “This looks like a one off role but who knows where it might lead.”

    The insider added: “It will certainly be a step up from Alvert Square although there is no question of Steve leaving the soap. He enjoys playing Phil and has no real plans to move on.”

    If Steve does land the part in the film he could find himself acting alongside Gladiator Russel Crowe, who is tipped to be the next 007.

    Bond DIrector John Glen, the man behind classics like Octopussy and A View To A Kill, believes he is perfect to take over the suave spy role made famous by stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moorre and Timothy Dalton.

    Glen says: “I think Pierce is doing an excellent job but obviously he won’t keep the part forever.

    “I see the Bond movies going on for the next 20 years and I can’t think of anyone better than Russel to fill his shoes.”

    We’ll have a review on the article up soon! Many thanks to Rebecca for the tip-off!